Answer to 2022 2nd Quarter “Name That Herb”

Dr. Katja Görts ©

Dr. Katja Görts ©

NAME THAT HERB - Katja Görts, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH

This herb is the “common” or “wild” one of its kind. Like chamomile, calendula or the Chinese herb Zi Wan it belongs to the family of Asteraceae. It is native to Europe, northern Africa, and parts of Asia. One of Walt Disney’s most popular cartoon characters is named after this herb.

Used are the areal parts of this herb particularly the flower. Constituents include saponins as well as flavonoids and alcohol glycosides.

Orally, people use this for coughs, bronchitis, disorders of the liver and kidneys, inflammation, as an expectorant, astringent, and "blood purifier". Topically, it is used for wounds and skin diseases. Homeopathically, it is used for labor complications, pain and soreness, and minor bleeding. Some homeopaths call it the “Arnica for athletes”.

In vitro and animal research suggests that the herbal extract has antifungal activity. In vitro research shows that the herbal extract and isolated triterpene saponins promote collagen synthesis in human dermal fibroblasts.

Its TCM relative Zi Wan, Asteris tatarici is slightly warm, bitter, sweet and pungent and enters the Lung channel. It transforms phlegm to stop cough and warms the Lung. It is part of the formulas Bu Fei Tang and Zhi Sou San which are commonly used to treat Lung patterns.

I am Bellis perennis or wild or common daisy.

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